Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine Reviews

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May 2, 2019
An honest film about the life of Jobs. Using archive footage and interviewing the people who were closest to him, the film removes the rose-colored glasses to bring us the real man behind the technology that we are so very fond of today.
October 11, 2017
Perhaps because this film follows his much-seen expose of Scientology, Going Clear, Gibney seems especially struck by the cultishness with which so many people seem to regard Jobs.
August 29, 2016
An overlong but insightful documentary.
May 28, 2016
A welcome (and, frankly, a bit overdue) corrective to the Jobs hagiography.
April 1, 2016
Not only on a biographical account of Jobs, but also a look at the way in which big business and consumers at large engaged with the mythic personal narrative he fostered.
December 23, 2015
Gibney is never able to join, or understand, the choir of millions singing the praises of Steve Jobs. Perhaps because of this, the documentary he has created seems a lot closer to the truth than anything else I've seen about Jobs.
December 2, 2015
A chilling portrait of an icon who remains revered for spearheading so many technological innovations despite his general contempt for humanity and his utter lack of people skills.
November 13, 2015
Whether or not you care about Apple products or Steve Jobs, Gibney's documentary offers a story well worth watching.
November 13, 2015
Gibney doesn't offer a big, final Sorkin-style statement. Instead, he grapples with his own ambivalence about Jobs and his enormous social and technological legacy.
November 13, 2015
Thought-provoking documentary on the iconic legendary Apple co-founder.
November 5, 2015
This isn't a love letter or a takedown; it's a procedural, just-the-facts biography of a man who made a big impact on the world.
October 16, 2015
The picture is made with the consummate skill of the predominant documentarian of our age, getting as close as conceivably possible to the essence of Jobs.
October 15, 2015
If GIbney's questions are not precisely yours, his premise - that documentaries must ask questions rather than presume answers - is bracing, reimagining not only what documentaries can do, but also what belief can do.
October 9, 2015
A thought-provoking and ethically-charged documentary about the Apple computer entrepreneur.
October 7, 2015
It simply isn't that easy to write off the Jobs' extraordinary drive to succeed at all costs. The difference between Gibney's documentary and other posthumous profiles of Jobs is that it doesn't necessarily maintain a reverential tone toward its subject.
September 16, 2015
Coolly performs vivisection on a man, a company, an industry, and a way of life.
September 14, 2015
Despite the movie's journalistic substance, the pleasure-free banality of its style gets in the way of a view of Jobs himself, whose work is as much aesthetic as it is industrial.
September 13, 2015
An attempt to understand the cult around a figure that's virtuous and revolting at the same time. [Full review in Spanish]
September 12, 2015
While too long and with little new light on Jobs' failings as a human being, the questions it raises about his cult status and the way he helped change the world make it worthwhile.
September 10, 2015
Alex Gibney's twisty, engrossing documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine approaches its subject from an oblique but highly productive angle.
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